Online course details

UK/EU fee

£840 (2020/21)

International fee

£840 (2020/21)

Course level

Level 6

Course credits

20 credits

Start date

25 January 2021

Course length

10 weeks

Mode of study

Tutored online learning

Location

Online

Online course description

Emerging life-threatening infections such as SARS and Ebola have highlighted the need for effective and consistent prevention, control and management of infection within healthcare environments. Failure to implement appropriate control and management of infection can lead to the increased spread of diseases, which may ultimately lead to the loss of life and increased burden on health and social care resources.

Using the chain of infection as a guide, this course will adopt a holistic approach to infection prevention and control (IPC) in 21st century health and social care. Healthcare-associated infections are major causers of morbidity and mortality, however this course will also cover common microorganisms and their pathogenesis. Emerging tropical diseases, pandemics, epidemics and endemics will also be discussed.

You will learn about the causes of infection and pre-disposing conditions increasing susceptibility, but also challenge existing legislation, auditing and surveillance techniques to bring about effective management and control of outbreaks in a diverse range of contexts. This course is suitable for all health and social care professionals with an interest in infection prevention and control.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course, you will be able to:

  1. Critically appraise existing knowledge and understanding of infection prevention and control
  2. Critically analyse the need for strict infection prevention and control within any care environment
  3. Examine current and future issues and debates around infectious diseases, epidemiology, prevalence and morbidity

Course content

Course content will include:

Through completing this course you will gain a range of transferable skills including:

Graduate skills

Digital skills

You will also be given the opportunity to develop digital skills through the use of interactive technology eg discussion forums, personal blog. This course will enable you to:

Benefits

Offset course credits towards BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies (Top-Up)

If you are a registered nurse but do not have a degree qualification, once you’ve completed this course you could offset the 20 credits through recognised prior learning (RPL) towards our online BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies (Top-Up) degree. This would reduce the number of modules you would need to study and the total cost of the course.

Alternatively, if you are a health and social care practitioner you may wish to offset the 20 credits by progressing to the online BSc (Hons) Integrative Health and Social Care (Top-Up) degree.

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Discovering Online Learning Webinar, March

Wednesday, 25 March 2020 14.00 - 15.00

During this hour long webinar, we'll take you through the basic principles of how online learning works and what you can expect as an online learner. The webinar includes a 20 minute presentation and an opportunity to take in a Q&A.

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Fees and funding

2020/21 Fees for new entrants

Starting between September 2020 and August 2021.

UK/EU fee: £840

International fee: £840

About your fees

Prices are correct for the year of entry shown. These are subject to annual increase in subsequent academic years.

Course requirements

You will:

English language qualifications

IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) if you have not completed a programme at an English-speaking institution.

When applying, it is essential that you submit the following:

  1. Qualification evidence awarded in your country
  2. Transcripts of all relevant education/training
  3. NARIC evidence
  4. International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a score of 6.0* in all areas or equivalent qualification

If you have a minimum of IELTS level 4.5 you can study our English for academic purposes Certificate of Credit which we will accept as evidence that you are able to perform at a suitable level of IELTS 6.0. We will also accept the Certificate of Credit as evidence that you can perform at GCSE level.

Documents to support your application

You'll need to provide:

*Documents not in English or Welsh must be accompanied by a certified translation by a professional translator/translation company. Each translation must contain:

A list of approved translators can be found on the UK Government website

Learning Beyond Registration (LBR) for health professionals

If you are employed by the NHS in the East Midlands (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire or Northamptonshire) you may be eligible for fee-free access to this course.

How to apply

Students should apply directly to the University.

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